Nestled between the state capital and the Atchafalaya Basin, Iberville Parish blends Louisiana history, culture and natural beauty. Sugar production made Iberville one of the South's most prosperous plantation areas in the 19th century, and that heritage is reflected in many significant homes. In particular, the famous Nottoway Plantation near White Castle stands as an antebellum landmark. The beautifully-preserved steamboat town of Plaquemine is home to the historic Plaquemine Lock, a turn-of-the-century engineering marvel that connected the Mississippi River with Atchafalaya waterways and settlements. The majestic St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Plaquemine is considered the purest example of Italian Romanesque architecture in the South while the St. Gabriel Church in East Iberville dates back to 1769 when the first Acadian exiles came to the area. A drive along Highway 77 takes travelers past Rosedale, Grosse Tete and Maringouin and the meandering, oak-draped bayous that connect these charming towns.